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Consortium to provide foundation for smart homes

ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG have signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a consortium to provide a software platform for smart homes.

The prospective software platform would allow diverse devices and services to interoperate, and to exchange information with each other. Application software distribution will also be enabled. This will allow appliances and devices made by different manufacturers to be part of home automation, security, healthcare, and entertainment services.

A common platform such as this has not been available up to now, making it a challenge for appliances and devices – light switches, motorized roller blinds, washing machines, multimedia equipment, smartphones, and tablets – to communicate with each other or to simply exchange information over the internet in a standardized way. The common platform is one more step toward the internet of things for the home, in which physical objects will be networked.

“This consortium represents an opportunity to bring together a variety of business ecosystem partners,” says Jesper Andersen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group, “all working together to help make the Internet of Things for the home a reality. Cisco is looking forward to participating in the consortium and creating a standard that allows consumers to experience a connected home.”

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